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Press Release Archive

UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased

24 June 2014

Supermarkets in the UK could be hindering efforts to reduce harmful drinking by not fully passing tax increases onto the price of the cheapest beers and spirits, according to health and business researchers.

Wastewater Analysis: A New Source of Monitoring Illicit Drug Use in Europe

27 May 2014

Largest multi-city study on drug wastewater analysis released today

Safety in Numbers: Moderate Drinking in a Group Reduces Attraction to Risk

22 May 2014

New research led by the University of Kent shows that individuals who have consumed moderate amounts of alcohol in social situations are likely to view risky situations with greater caution when considering them as part of a group.

E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

20 May 2014

People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, finds a large UCL survey of smokers in England. The results were adjusted for a wide range of factors that might influence success at quitting, including age, nicotine dependence, previous quit attempts, and whether quitting was gradual or abrupt.

Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents

10 April 2014

A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33% in 2001 to over 50% in 2010. This trend has occurred broadly across a wide range of regional, socio-economic, and demographic subgroups.

Some truth to the 'potent pot myth': High potency cannabis is linked with higher THC intake

18 March 2014

New research from The Netherlands shows that people who smoke high-potency cannabis end up getting higher doses of the active ingredient (THC). Although they reduce the amount they puff and inhale to compensate for the higher strength, they still take in more THC than smokers of lower potency cannabis.

Telephone Counseling to Help Parents Quit Smoking Is Successful

10 February 2014

A telephone counseling intervention in The Netherlands for parents who want to quit smoking has been shown effective. One year after the start of the intervention, one-third of parents were still smoke-free. This has been shown in a study conducted by Kathrin Schuck of the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen. The results wererecently published online by the scientific journal Addiction.

The SmokeFree Formula

30 January 2014

Addiction's Editor-in-Chief brings out a new book aimed at bringing the science of stopping to smokers

Plain packs and larger graphic health warnings cause smokers to put their packs away

17 January 2014

Smokers are less willing to display their packs in public and smoke in outdoor areas since plain packaging was introduced, new research has found.

Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

14 January 2014

A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction by the Pan American Health Organization, a branch of the World Health Organization, has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.